Brooklyn Park Mayor
Hollies Winston: Jobs and affordable housing
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 26, 2018
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BROOKLYN PARK—Hollies Winston is running for mayor of Brooklyn Park with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. He also is endorsed by the DFL Party.
“The one thing I’m hearing at the doors is property taxes,” he says, which have jumped 30 percent in recent years. “It’s making Brooklyn Park less and less affordable… That’s an issue that needs to be addressed.”
How? “We need to attract new businesses who are willing to pay their fair share of taxes,” says Winston, who serves as commissioner on the Brooklyn Park Budget Advisory Committee.
Winston also has been involved in the Northwest Suburbs Community and Labor Coalition, which the MRLF helped to found. “It’s driven by what people in the community care about,” he says.
“Brooklyn Park is supposed to be a place for young families. It’s increasingly not becoming that,” he adds. “We need to find ways to bring in housing.”
Winston also wants to see Brooklyn Park do more to attract jobs by growing local business, attracting new business, and working with unions to bring apprentice programs to the community. “We can lead the state and maybe the country in saying how can we create jobs in Brooklyn Park? Unions are a big part of that in training folks.”
“When I talk about jobs and affordable housing it’s really about opportunity,” he says.
“I’m a big supporter of unions,” Winston adds, “because at the end of the day, it’s about protecting the dignity of workers… I can’t imagine the workplace being bearable without the role unions have played in America.”
Born in Illinois, Winston moved to Minnesota with his family and grew up in Plymouth. He earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and has been a Brooklyn Park resident for seven years. He and his wife Latrice have three children.